Pub. Date: March 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Print ARC from publisher
Rating: 4.5 Stars
In the new Second Chances novel by the author of Back to Before, even love might not prove strong enough to save a man’s promising future from a woman’s hidden past...
All he ever fought for...
Aspiring congressman Miles McAlister has dreamed of representing his hometown of Chances Inlet, North Carolina, since he was a boy. So when he’s asked to help run his mother’s bed and breakfast he moves home and rolls out his campaign at the same time. But political stardom isn’t a given, especially when he’s expected to compromise the very ideals he’s trying to uphold. Making matters worse is the inn’s stubborn, and distractingly beautiful cook. He’s loved and lost before, so falling for Lori Buchman is not part of his plan.
All she ever feared...
Lori just wants to do her job and be left alone until she can safely move on. The last thing she needs is to get involved with her boss’s son. Miles proves to be too sexy to ignore, however. Their heated fling elicits feelings deeper than either anticipated. But everything about Lori is a lie. She’s harboring a secret that’ll destroy Miles’s career, and when the truth gets out it’s going to shock Chances Inlet to its core, forcing Miles to make the hardest decision of his life.
I loved this book so much. I didn't think I would because books with plots centered around politics can be a hit or miss for me. Politicians aren't my thing; but I'm glad to say that Miles McAlister definitely makes up for my dislike. This is my first time reading a book by Tracy Solheim, and I'm glad to say that she has a new fan. Her writing is elegant, hot, and sweet all mixed up into one. I never found the book lacking or boring in any way.
All the characters are the kind that endear you to them; make you love them even when the pages are done. "All They Ever Wanted" is the second book in A Second Chances Novel", it can be read as a standalone though. The first book is about his brother, Gavin, and in my opinion, I think it would be good to start with it just because you'll be able to get introduced to recurring characters. Then again, apparently there are some characters from a different series - Out of Bounds. So it's all connected in some way, shape or form.
The book starts off with Miles McAlister and his lifelong dream that's about to become a reality. He's always had a plan to run for congressman, then eventually in the near future, become the president. What wasn't in his well thought out plan was having to watch over his mother's bed and breakfast, and keeping an eye on the mysterious woman helping his mother out as well, Lori.
Lori comes from a past she wishes she could run away from. But everyone knows you can't keep the past back for long. Sooner or later it will come back to get you. She is a closed off woman who works at the bed and breakfast as the maid and cook. The longer she stays in North Carolina, the harder it gets to leave. Especially once Miles starts showing her more and more attention.
The two know they shouldn't get into a relationship of any sorts, even though their attraction to one another is undeniable. Lori knows for a fact she'd be terrible for Miles and his campaign. And Miles? Well, all he knows is that he'll never love again after losing the love of his life years ago. Will these two broken people with secrets ever learn to trust one another? Or will they forever be doomed to be alone?
As soon as I finished the story, I had the biggest grin on my face. This is what a true romance book is all about and the whole reason I read them! The romance was perfect and I loved all the side stories that made the book so much more interesting. I'm hoping this isn't the last book for the 'Second Chances Novel' because I feel like I can't get enough of the McAlister family. There's one certain baseball player that I'm dying to get my hands on!
Overall, this is a must read for any romance fan out there. Come fall in love with the wonderful world that Tracy has created.